President and Co-Founder - Samantha Western has been involved in business and entrepreneurial endeavors all of her adult life. She grew up working in her father's floral and nursery business which she used to learn every aspect of working in and running a successful, multi-location company. After college, Samantha invested the bulk of her time back in the family business where she sharpened her business skills prior to venturing out on her own. For almost a decade Samantha built and operated a very successful landscape design firm. Samantha now serves as Rayeman Elements visionary, while maintaining oversight of all aspects of the business. From finance and contract negotiation, to plant management and client relationship development, Samantha's high energy level and keen sense of entrepreneurship are a perfect match for a fast-growing business.
Director of Technology and Co-Founder, Mike Thomas has been in the manufacturing business for nearly 20 years. Specializing in extrusion processes and technologies, Mike was one of the pioneers behind breakthrough products such as wood composite decking. He also holds numerous patents for his work in cryogenic processes as well as for several other cutting edge heating and cooling technologies. At Rayeman Elements, Mike oversees the development of all new products and methodologies, and can usually be found in the R&D department getting his hands dirty working out the details on new products.
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Vice President of Finance - Ray Johnson has had a mind for business since the age of 13. Beginning as a mild mannered paper boy, he worked tirelessly until he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He was promoted to Sergeant after only 18 months of service, and attained the rank of Platoon Sergeant during his tenure stationed in Korea. After his deployment he enlisted in the family business, while simultaneously getting his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Benjamin Franklin University. He dedicated the next 47 years to Johnson’s Flower Center, growing the company from a local mom and pop florist to a 4 store franchise with over 200 employees in the greater DC area. Ray was instrumental in every goal the company achieved – from securing the best space for each new location, to leading the company into the world of landscaping; from serving as Chairman of the Board, to captaining an entire business through a turbulent financial climate that spanned several decades, coming out on top and in the black. Ray has also succeeded in the world of real estate, negotiating and managing property for clients including the Southland and Safeway Corporations. Since his retirement in 2000, Ray has remained on the board of directors at Johnson’s Flower Center, and currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for Rayeman Elements Inc.
Fabrication Manager - Lonnie Randolph holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University in Education, and has dedicated many years to the study of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has spent more than 20 years working in the design and fabrication of consumer products such as telescopic seating for the American Seating Company. Lonnie has several achievements to his credit including breakthroughs in cryogenic thermal enhancement, and refrigeration equipment. Lonnie holds 21 International patents, and is an unmatched resource for knowledge on every component of production. at Rayeman Elements, Lonnie oversees the design and fabrication of all technology.
Plant Manager - Les Wolfe joined Rayeman Elements as its first employee. He was involved in the initial design, construction and expansion of the plant in Lexington Nebraska. Prior to his current role, Les was a foreman for TL Sund Constructors for 7 years and spent 10 years as a Manager at Cozad Ditch Company. At Rayeman Elements Les manages and oversees plant operations, and is in-charge of productivity and processes improvement, and quality assurance. He is responsible for plant operations and maintenance procedures as well as overall plant production goals.
Process Manager - Scott Breon a former manufacturing manager at Tenneco Automotive, brings over 20 years of experience as a Livestock Producer, as well as instrumental knowledge and know-how to the team. At Rayeman Elements Scott is responsible for training and also facilitates the production of range cubes and supplement tubs. Scott works to develop and perfect new concepts for future product lines and is influential to the success of both current and future offerings within the REI brand.
Electrical Manager - Mike Garcia has spent years working in the electrical field. He honed his skills at Tenneco Automotive prior to securing his Journeyman license. Mike moved on to serve as an Instrument Tech at Cornhusker Energy Ethanol Plant. At Rayeman Elements, Mike oversees his own electrical team while lending his insight and expertise to the manufacturing and research & development departments.